The Department of Education and business software company Oracle signed an agreement through Oracle Education Foundation to expand an existing online learning program to 500 public high schools nationwide. Oracle introduced the expanded ThinkQuest program that intends to benefit 50,000 teachers and students nationwide. ThinkQuest was introduced in 2006. Oracle said schools were selected based on their information and communications technology readiness, which is measured in terms of infrastructure, alignment of student learning competency with ThinkQuest's program and availability of program coordinator.
Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said the Philippines cannot afford not to have ICT integrated in its education curriculum. 'Based on the DepEd's five-year plan, we aim to provide 21st century ICT education to all Filipino students,' the government executive said. Lapus stressed that information and communications technology can enhance teaching and learning as well as governance and management of schools. By embracing ICT literacy, students in the country will be able to engage with other learners worldwide, he said. Oracle Philippines will also support DepEd's objective to deliver ICT education to Filipino students by providing IT infrastructure, knowledge training and resource content.